July 21, 2020 / 9:23 AM / 16 days ago

Philippines reports two new coronavirus deaths, 1,951 infections

FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers take blood samples from a bike rider at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) drive-thru testing center in Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ health ministry on Tuesday reported two more novel coronavirus deaths and 1,951 additional infections.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths had increased to 1,837, while confirmed cases had reached 70,764.

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to arrest anyone not wearing a face mask or breaching social distancing guidelines amid a sharp rise in infections and deaths since a lockdown was eased in June. [nL3N2ES0UK]

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Ed Davies

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